The Government of India has declared on Friday that the new WhatsApp’s planned privacy update, which is to be implemented in two months, defy local laws on several counts. The Federal government, in a filing to the Delhi High Court, asks the court to stop WhatsApp from launching out the update in India.
Statement By The Government
Social media in recent years has been used by billions of people around the world and millions of Indians today are dependent on WhatsApp. Therefore, information that is generally personal is shared at an enormous level. This information is susceptible to being misused if the social media giant decides to either sell or exploit the information, sensitive to the users, to any third party
India’s IT ministry earlier this year gave a statement to Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp stating its concerns about the update and had asked to withdraw the proposed changes.
Statement By A WhatsApp Spokesperson
As we said in January when this matter was first raised: we wish to reinforce that this update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook. Our aim is to provide transparency and new options available to engage with businesses so they can serve their customers and grow. WhatsApp will always protect personal messages with end-to-end encryption so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see them. We are working to address misinformation and remain available to answer any questions
WhatsApp has been sharing details with its parent company Facebook since 2016. The company stated last year that it will make few changes to share some personal data about users such as their location and phone number with Facebook.